Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Slipping by

Today's results:

The Lynx held off the Fever, 78-74, after blowing a 22-point lead.

The Aces edged the Storm, 60-56.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Mystics at Sky

Sun at Wings

WNBA team news:

The league's travel problems are becoming a bigger topic for debate.

It is time to worry about Minnesota's turnovers?

The league's weekly power poll.

WNBA player news:

Sun guard Layshia Clarendon underwent ankle surgery this morning and will be out three to four months.

Candace Parker believes the Sparks can rebound from four straight losses.

Dream rookie Maite Cazorla is making an impact as a different kind of point guard.

WNBA coach news:

James Wade has the Sky playing well, as they've won five of their last six games.

College player news:

FSU guard Isabela Nicoletti will miss the upcoming season due to injury.

Houston transfer Angela Harris has landed at Kansas State.

College coach news:

Geno Auriemma has reversed course for UConn in the offseason, trying to build team chemistry.

Charmin Smith is revitalized for her new Cal job after a stint with the New York Liberty.

Smith talks about her entry into coaching.

Delisha Milton-Jones has left her head coaching job at Pepperdine to be an assistant coach at Syracuse.

Stephanie McCormick is a new assistant coach at Coastal Carolina.

EC Hill has joined Towson as an assistant coach.

Jaime Gluesing is High Point's new assistant coach.

Georgia Southern has added two assistant coaches.

Idaho State has finalized their coaching staff.

Bonus:

Macy Miller is looking to Spain for her next basketball challenge.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Lots of news drip

WNBA team news:

The Sparks and Mercury are still looking for a winning touch.

LA continues to struggle despite Candace Parker's return.

Phoenix got tired of losing last night.

Chicago Sky: "we're the team to beat."

The Fever had numerous travel issues returning from Seattle today, but made the very best of it.

Indiana will lose Bankers Life Fieldhouse for two seasons while it's remodeled.

Two tech entrepreneurs aim to bring a WNBA team to Toronto.

CBS Sports power rankings for the week.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Lynx at Fever

Storm at Aces

WNBA player news:

Jonquel Jones on what's motivating the Sun this season.

Candace Parker talks about her strong female role models.

A'ja Wilson is finding her groove with efficiency.

Angel McCoughtry details her frustration with her recovery process and the Dream.

Q&A with Imani McGee-Stafford.

Rookie Katie Lou Samuelson is eagerly counting down the days until she gets her cast off.

Megan Gustafson is embracing her second chance with Dallas.

Victoria Macaulay is making the most of her limited time with the Sky.

College news:

The Big East has voted to ask UConn to rejoin the conference, according to sources.

What that could mean for the conference's biggest programs.

Husky coach Geno Auriemma says it won't be the same Big East.

College team news:

Louisville will renew their rivalry with Notre Dame at the Yum Center next season.

College player news:

Crystal Dangerfield and Evina Westbrook are recovering well at UConn.

Former Kentucky center Dorie Harrison has transferred to Lipscomb.

Notre Dame point guard Jordan Nixon will transfer.

College coach news:

DePaul has extended coach Doug Bruno's contract through 2024-2025.

Podcast with Oregon's Kelly Graves.

Jodi Kest is a new assistant coach at High Point.

Two North Carolina A&T coaches are under investigation after allegedly not reporting a sexual assault reported by one of their players.

Bonus:

Remembering Pat Summitt.

Former Detroit Shock coach Nancy Lieberman leads the way for women as NBA coaches.

Liberty's Gray on honoring a former coach who inspired her

The message came in after I went to bed that night in early March, but I got it before dawn when I woke up the next day: Don Brown had passed away the previous evening.

I'd talked to him last a few weeks before, and he didn't sound so good. After watching both of my parents die from long illnesses, I know how a person's voice starts to sound when they're rounding the corner towards death. But because Don had beat the odds for so many years, I didn't quite believe it. How many times had he been told he had only three months to live? I'd lost count. And in the meantime, I went to family parties at Don's place, stopped by to watch some college women's hoops or WNBA games with him, and just generally shoot the breeze. His apartment was right on my way home from the gym, so it was an easy stop.

But this message, from Reshanda Gray, was telling me that at last, my friend had been unable to ward off the beast of cancer. I was heartbroken.

A week and a half later I was in a slightly-stuffy, packed church taking in his funeral. Family members, former athletes and longtime friends got up to speak one by one, and all had versions of the same facts: Don was a caring, giving person who did a lot to uplift and help people. It was a beautiful tribute. And Reshanda got to speak her piece too, via a phone, because she was still in Europe finishing her season. It was more than fitting, because Don talked about her all the time. Whenever I went to see him, he would always start a conversation about her.

I first met Reshanda when she was a 14-year-old freshman playing on her high school's JV team. It wasn't until she was a sophomore that she was named to varsity, and she shone instantly. By the end of the year, she was on most college's radars. I got to know Don, and supported Reshanda throughout her high school and college career.

Reshanda was drafted into the WNBA when she graduated from Cal, and she spent two years playing in the league. The third year, she was cut. The same thing happened the following spring. It stressed Don out. He would tell me what he was saying to her to help her improve her game, and how he was encouraging her to not give up.

"They've got to give Too Tall another chance," he'd say, using the nickname she got in high school.

Reshanda watched out for him, too. She picked up things for him, took him to the doctor, and made sure he was taken care of when she was overseas playing. It reminded me of the relationship that I still have with my mentor.

When Reshanda made the roster for the New York Liberty last month, I was overjoyed. And I was struck by the irony of it happening after Don had passed. But Reshanda had a jacket and a pair of shoes printed with his picture on them, to make it clear that Don lives on. I love that. And I talked to her about it.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Wheat from chaff separation: initial stages

Today's results:

The Mystics handled the Dream, 89-73.

The Sky routed the Sun, 93-75, to end their seven-game winning streak. A signature win for Chicago.

The Mercury downed the Sparks, 82-72. Phoenix ends their three-game losing streak, while LA has now lost four in a row.

The Storm held off the Fever, 65-61. Crazy to imagine what Seattle would be like if Bird, Stewart and Canada were playing. Indiana is coming along nicely.

College coach news:

New Cal coach Charmin Smith will face a lot of challenges.

American has extended coach Megan Gebbia's contract through 2025.

Bonus:

After losing basketball, Lauren Holiday found strength in family.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Comebacks not quite enough

Today's results:

The Sun beat the Dream, 86-76, to get off to a franchise-best start. Atlanta fought back from a big deficit, but Connecticut had the extra juice.

Erica Wheeler's 28 points led the way for the Fever, who downed the Sky, 76-69. Chicago came back from 20 down, but fell just short.

No comeback attempt here: the Storm routed the Sparks,

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Liberty at Lynx

Wings at Aces

WNBA team news:

Despite their injuries, could the Storm be better than anyone thought?

Reserves are carving out playing time for the Sun.

The Aces need more from their back court if they want to contend this season.

Connecticut Sun: personal expression.

WNBA player news:

Diamond DeShields wants to be the best to ever play the game.

Liz Cambage said her first game against the Wings since her trade will be just another game.

Candace Parker on WNBA pay issues.

The Lynx trade has breathed new life into Lexie Brown.

College team news:

UMKC will leave the WAC and move to the Summit League next summer.

College player news:

All five 2020 Oregon pledges are five-star recruits.

College coach news:

Cal has hired Charmin Smith as their new head coach. She will retain the assistant coaches she used to work with, as well as new hire April Phillips.

Seton Hall has elevated Jose Rebimbas to assistant coach.

Craig Carey has been elevated to assistant coach at WVU.

FGCU has elevated Amanda Pierce to assistant coach.

Profile on new Georgia Tech assistant coach Brandy Manning.

USA Basketball news:

Team USA has sailed into the gold medal game of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Snappin' and streakin'

Today's results:

The Dream snapped a five-game losing streak with an 88-78 win over the Fever.

The Sky won their fourth straight by running past the Liberty, 91-83.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Mercury at Wings

Mystics at Aces


WNBA team news:

The Aces have soared to the top of the league's defensive rankings.

Sun podcast.

The Fever have lost four of their last five games.

The Lynx aim to regroup to shed their losing streak.

Why Atlanta doesn't scream for the Dream.

WNBA player news:

DeWanna Bonner has stepped up for the Mercury.

Why am I different? Behind Natasha Cloud's activism.

Breanna Stewart has been nominated for two ESPYs.

Rachel Banham podcast.

A'ja Wilson is speaking her mind more than ever. Here's where it started.

The Space Jam 2 cast will include Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike.

WNBA coach news:

Storm coach Dan Hughes has resumed control after missing nine games after cancer surgery.

Pokey Chatman does it all for love.

Pro bonus:

Swin Cash is on her way to shattering the status quo.

Cierra Dillard is keeping the faith in her professional basketball journey.

College player news:

Colorado's Annika Jank is driven to succeed in her junior year.

Former St. Bonaventure forward Arielle Harvey has transferred to East Tennessee State.

College coach news:

Boise State coach Gordy Presnell could be the highest-paid coach in the Mountain West Conference.

Carla Berube is ready to lead Princeton.

Taja Edwards is a new assistant coach at Loyola Marymount.

Tyler Smith and Stacia Robertson are new assistant coaches at Western Carolina.

Staff changes at Maryland.

USA Basketball news:

The U.S. U16 team thrashed Mexico today.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Mystics thrash Sparks, despite Parker's return

Today's result:

The Mystics hammered the Sparks, 81-52, even though Candace Parker played in her first game this season after injury.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Fever at Dream in a morning match up.

Sky at Liberty

Mercury at Wings

WNBA news:

Is androgyny now fashionable in the WNBA? One writer says yes.

The CBA elephant in the room has yet to cause chaos.

An introduction to navigating the league's new stats page.

WNBA team news:

Why this year is different for the Indiana Fever.

The league's power rankings for week four.

AP power poll.

WNBA player news:

Natasha Howard would be an improbable MVP.

Diana Taurasi hopes to make her season debut Sunday against the Sparks.

Chelsea Gray is a point guard and a clutch closer.

Danielle Robinson and Napheesa Collier are the backbones for a battered Lynx squad.

Sun rookie Bridget Carleton is impressing her coaches and teammates.

Kristine Anigwe got a confidence boost.

WNBA coach and executive news:

Out in sports: the Sun's Curt Miller and Amber Cox.

Podcast with Liberty coach Katie Smith.

College team news:

Both Maryland basketball programs violated recruiting rules.

More on that.

The offseason has brought a mass exodus at Utah State.

The ASUN Conference has added Bellarmine University.

College coach news:

Q&A with MTSU head coach Rick Insell.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma talks about his love of books.

Former JMU star Ashley Perez has joined the staff as an assistant coach.

College player news:

Morehead State grad transfer Aliyah Jeune has landed at USC.

USA Basketball news:

The USA U16 team dominated host Chile in today's match up.

International news:

Lauren Jackson will head up Australia women's basketball.

Things to know about Eurobasket.

Ten players to watch at Eurobasket.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Indiana Fever’s Erica McCall makes a splash with Carrie Underwood

Big time concert appearance for the third-year Indiana forward last night.

Issa not a game day

Looking ahead to the All-Star game:

Friday night at All-Star weekend will feature a three-point shooting contest, a skills challenge and a beach party and concert.

WNBA team news:

It's time to start paying attention to the New York Liberty.

Outside of Connecticut, the WNBA is chaotic.

CBS Sports power rankings.

WNBA player news:

Duke alumni in the pros rundown.

The evolution of Natasha Cloud's leadership.

The sports world should be paying attention to Cloud's media blackout.

Rookie Teaira McCowan is adjusting to life as a pro.

Shey Peddy is with the Mystics after a long journey to the WNBA.

Natasha Howard and Jonquel Jones are the Western and Eastern conference players of the week.

Team executive news:

Why Tamika Catchings tested herself on "American Ninja Warrior."

Storm CEO Alisha Valavanis is a driving force behind the championship team.

Tomorrow's game:

Mystics at Sparks

College team news:

Can North Texas continue its rise?

College coach news:

Coach Bill Fennelly hopes Iowa State learned from Bridget Carleton.

As Jory Collins signs a contract, NDSU is still on the hook for former coach Maren Walseth's contract.

Changes at Iowa include a new role for assistant coach Jenni Fitzgerald.

Virginia's Monica Wright was destined for coaching.

UTEP is turning over its entire assistant coaching staff.

Joe Silvestri is a new assistant coach at North Florida.

Alexis Lawrence joins Northern Illinois as an assistant coach.

USA Basketball news:

USA's U16 team crushed El Salvador today.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Games and story lines

Today's results:

The Storm scored the last points of the game to beat the Mystics, 74-71.

The Sun clamped down on the Lynx, 85-81, for their fifth straight win.

The Sparks used a big third quarter to run by the Mercury, 85-68.

The Aces dominated the Liberty, 100-65.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sky at Fever

Dream at Wings

Liberty at Sparks


WNBA news:

The league has reached a tipping point.

WNBA team news:

With Glory Johnson's impending departure for Eurobasket, the Wings are making no excuses for last night's loss.

WNBA player news:

Chelsea Gray has become the Sparks' go-to player this year.

Q&A with Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike.

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt's journey out west.

Betnijah Laney is getting her chance with Indiana.

Megan Gustafson is eager for a second chance with the WNBA.

The WNBA isn't so easy for Napheesa Collier.

How former Liberty standout Sue Wicks lived out loud.

WNBA coach news:

Bill Laimbeer has lightened the mood for the Aces with shooting contests.

College player news:

Two players are leaving Siena.

College coach news:

Miami has extended coach Katie Meier's contract through the 2024-2025 season.

A tale of Meier and her two dads.

Arizona has extended coach Adia Barnes' contract through the 2023-2024 season.

Two assistant coaches have left West Virginia.

Charlotte has hired Nikki West as an assistant coach.

What the Lindsay Gottlieb hire means for women's coaches, the NBA and Cal.

Remembering the legacy of Pat Summitt on her birthday.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The intensity continues

Today's result:

The Fever got past the Wings, 76-72, in a very physical match up. Dallas is 0-5.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

The Mystics will host the Storm for a finals rematch that will look much different.

Sun at Lynx preview

Sparks at Mercury preview

Liberty at Aces preview

WNBA team news:

Superb defense has lifted the Sun to the top of the league standings.

The Dream hope their effort in their recent loss is a sign of things to come.

For offensive leaders Washington, points are coming three at a time.

The Wings have signed Megan Gustafson, finally coming to their senses.

After receiving an emergency salary cap hardship extension, the Sky have signed forward Victoria Macaulay.

WNBA player news:

Jasmine Thomas is the glue that holds Connecticut together.

Diana Taurasi celebrated her birthday this week with a return to non-contact practice.

Natasha Cloud has called for a media blackout to raise awareness around shootings in southeast Washington D.C.

Chiney Ogwumike: becoming more.

They want Han Xu to be the next Yao Ming, but what does she want?

Arike Ogunbowale is enjoying the beginning of her WNBA career.

Why Tamika Catchings is competing on "American Ninja Warrior."

WNBA coach news:

Cheryl Reeve insists that the Lynx's offense is improving, despite their recent losses.

The Sparks are feeling the flow of coach Derek Fisher's new offense.

College coach news:

Muffet McGraw is a powerful voice for women's equality.

Oakland has promoted Crystal Davis to assistant coach.

Ryan Larsen is a new assistant coach at Wyoming.

FGCU's new assistant coach is Shannon Murphy.

Nakeia Guiden has returned to Central Arkansas as an assistant coach.

High school news:

Well-traveled Lauren Betts is headed to Chile with the USA's U16 team.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Statement wins

Today's results:

The Connecticut Sun made a statement with an 83-75 win over the Mystics.

Natasha Howard's career-high 26 points propelled the Storm past the Fever, 84-82.

Diamond DeShields and Courtney Vandersloot led the Sky over the Mercury, 82-75.

Tomorrow's game:

Lynx at Liberty

WNBA team news:

Connecticut is enjoying the full strength advantage.

The Lynx are adjusting to life without Jessica Shepard.

The league's power rankings.

The AP's power poll is much different.

WNBA coach news:

Jennifer Gillom's return to the Mercury as a player development coach.

WNBA player news:

Opportunity abounds for Mercedes Russell with the short-handed Storm.

Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot continues to climb the all-time assists list.

Chicago rookie Katie Lou Samuelson is out indefinitely with a hand injury.

Sparks guard Chelsea Gray and new coach Derek Fisher are familiar with taking and making clutch shots.

WNBA coach news:

Bill Laimbeer is looking for more consistency from his Aces.

College news:

The Oregon Sports Authority is pushing for a Final Four there next decade.

College player news:

Suddenly a veteran, Maddie Wise is preparing for a larger role at Iowa State.

Megan Gustafson chronicles her pro basketball journey.

She and her TBT team have a tough road to 2 million.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby thinks all transfers should sit one year.

College coach news:

Life is slowing down for Kellie Harper at Tennessee after a quick start.

She attempted Pat Summitt's legendary stare.

Coquese Washington is invigorated at the chance to help revive the Sooner program.

Chelsea Lyles has been elevated to associate head coach at FGCU.

Monica Wright is eager to learn from Tina Thompson as her assistant coach at Virginia.

Youngstown State's new assistant coach is Autumn Rademacher.

Ashley Robinson has rejoined Penn as an assistant coach.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Unexpected scores

Today's results:

Las Vegas rolled past Atlanta, 92-69, in Liz Cambage's first start.

The Sun used a balanced attack to take down the Sparks, 89-77.

The Lynx held off the Mercury, 58-56.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Wings at Fever

Mystics at Liberty


WNBA team news:

Washington's new arena is already a "shooter's gym."

WNBA player news:

Alyssa Thomas could be the key to a Connecticut championship this year.

Rebecca Allen talks the state of the league and the Liberty.

Tiffany Hayes talks about her ankle injury.

Getting to know Blake Deitrick.

Mystics rookie Kim Mestdagh talks about adjusting to the WNBA, and Belgium's goals in Eurobasket.

Former Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen's jersey will be retired Saturday.

Former WNBA player Deanna Jackson needs funds to start a youth center in Alabama.

WNBA coach news:

Sky coach James Wade said he was disappointed in his team's effort in their loss last night.

College player news:

UConn guards Crystal Dangerfield and Evina Westbrook had surgery recently, but are expected back by the beginning of the season.

St. Bonaventure grad transfer Daniele Migliore has landed at Rutgers.

Rebecca Greenwell will give the WNBA one more shot.

College coach news:

Arizona coach Adia Barnes is set to receive a new contract and a raise.

Niagara has extended coach Jada Pierce's contract through 2022-2023.

Missouri assistant coach Willie Cox has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Basketball Hall of Fame:

Meet the 2019 inductees.

No one played basketball quite like Ticha Penicheiro.

Inductee Joan Cronan profile.

Inductee Valerie Still profile.

Inductee Beth Bass profile.

Inductee Nora Lynn Finch profile.

Inductee Carolyn Bush Roddy profile.

High school news:

Bold moves from North Carolina prospect Saniya Rivers.